My boys and I are pretty much cut from the same cloth, especially when it comes to our adventuring spirits. We always say yes to adventure. The greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time. To be in the fortunate position in which almost nothing is so familiar that it is ever taken for granted.
I recently took the boys on a “Mom and Sons” weekend away. Not keen to drive too far out, we opted for a Sho’t left to a little diamond town called Cullinan which happens to be only an hours drive from home. Car packed and loads of excitement, we hopped in and set-off on our way. Skylar (age 10) asked to be in charge of the GPS and I agreed. 30 minutes out and I realised we were off-course. It wasn’t a train smash, as I was more focussed on Skylar learning how to use a GPS. I use our adventures as the opportunity to learn new things, sharpen our skills and face our fears.
We immediately got back on track and sang along to the music chosen by the boys. Needless to say, I had a headache by the time we arrived. “Guess, it’s a tell-tale sign that I’m maturing“, she says with a grin on her face. Before we knew it , we had arrived in the quaint little town of Cullinan. We opted to stay at the Cullinan Premier Hotel.
We arrived late afternoon so decided to have an early evening at the hotel. We enjoyed undoubtedly the best burgers in town while we played scrabble. I was so excited and impressed that both boys wanted to play scrabble and that they in fact packed it into our luggage. It’s like a sure mom win for me. We also used the time to plan our adventuring for our weekend in Cullinan. I’m normally overly organised and plan our itinerary ahead of time, but felt that it was time that I lived in the moment. I must admit it was rather refreshing for a change. After dinner we climbed into bed and watched movies while laughing for no apparent reason.
We are early risers, holiday mode or not. So we made our way to breakfast and then ventured down to the touristy hub of the town. Everything is very much within walking distance from the hotel which made life easier. We explored the quaint little stores and lapped up every bit of the artsy feel of things. My eldest is truly an old soul and loves antique shops, so we spent the better part of the morning shopping with the eye.
Then we headed to Adventure Zone Cullinan to try our hand at archery. JP from Adventure Zone Cullinan was amazing with the kids. He was funny, patient and an excellent teacher. Honestly though …. his teaching skills made no difference to my lack of archery skills and I pretty much sucked. I just have no aim. Archery is not my thing but the boys did extremely well. Ashton in true form nailed it (like always). Let me mention that we used the Entertainer app’s 2 for 1 deal, which meant we could squeeze more experiences into our weekend.
After a quick lunch we headed back to Adventure Zone for an afternoon safari. We didn’t get to see the big 5 but we did get to see an incredible amount of wildlife JP even took us to a natural spring where we drank water directly from it. There were many life lessons imparted to the boys during our safari and they honestly loved JP’s stories. He had us in stitches and made for an excellent guide.
We started our day off by going on the Journey of a Diamond tour. I mean how could we not, after all Cullinan is all about a girl’s best friend. The boys are still too young for the underground tour, so we did the land tour. It was fabulous and rather informative.
The tour ended at the Primalux Diamond store where Ashton won a discount voucher. We left but had every intention of returning on Day 4.
It was time to challenge ourselves and face our fears, so we headed back to Adventure Zone Cullinan for some ziplining. Always wanted to try it but I’m afraid of heights and kept putting it off. We got to use the Entertainer app once again which meant more savings. I have a separate post about our ziplining experience, as it was such an incredible experience that it needed a post of its very own.
Day 3 was crammed full of adventure and we had an absolute blast. Dinner and another evening of scrabble before hitting the sack was the order of the evening.
We started our day off with a casual breakfast before heading back to Primalux where we met a wonderful lady named Dawn. What started as the boys buying a diamond for me as a birthday present, turned into Aunty Dawn helping Ashton purchase his very first certified diamond. No help from mom financially let me add, but my 14-year-old son is officially a diamond collector. In fact he has already planned our next trip back to Cullinan to purchase another certified diamond.
Diamond shopping done, then we explored a few more stores and even a tiny book store that was packed to the rafters with the most wonderful books. Ashton is a lover of books, so he was in seventh heaven. Sky and I used the opportunity to take a gazillion more photos and then we decided it was time to head home.
I’d say that a Sho’t left to the diamond mining town called Cullinan is a hidden gem worth putting on your bucket list. The super friendly town overflows with a wealth of history that far exceeds the diamonds discovered on a daily basis.